Choosing the right food for your dog is one task. Throughout the years, so many packed food brands have launched, chefs have curated new homemade food recipes, there have been studies about dry food is better for dogs; or is the wet food better. After all this, one question is still unanswered, what type of food is best for my dog? As it turns out, a clear answer for it does not exist. There are pros and cons to each type of food- whichever you choose. So how can an owner choose? Compare the types of food options available for your dog and stick to it. You can no keep changing your dog’s food every time your mindset changes. The digestive system of a dog takes a hit if you keep changing the diet. The following are some facts regarding meal choices for dogs.
Homemade food or packaged food
This one is an age-old question, homemade or packaged food- which one is better? On the one hand, we have homemade food. Our whole lives, we have been taught that fresh homemade food is always better than packaged food or readymade food, but on the other hand, there is packaged food with its nutritional value. One is bound to get confused between the two. When choosing the food, remember what should be the motto of the meal- to provide nutrients to your dog. That is the idea you have to keep in mind. Packaged food is nutritious, but some owners are doubtful about feeding manufactured food to their dogs. Homemade food can be nutritious too. You only pick the best ingredients and the best recipe to make that food rich in necessary vitamins and minerals but also tasty for your dog. Yes, it will require a significant amount of time and effort to prepare that meal. Some owners try to take the middle path by adding multivitamins to the home-cooked meal. Ironically, it might end up harming the dog. You don’t know how many nutrients your home-cooked food has and what proportion of nutrients does the multivitamin has. This practice ends up making the opposite of a balanced diet. The convenient option is to cling to a readymade food brand and keep feeding it forever. The other option is to cook meals at home with fresh produce filled with nutrients and ask your vet to prescribe a multivitamin.
Dry food or wet food
Dry and Wet foods are categories of dog food based on its consistency and water content present in it. Dry food consists of less than 10% of water. Whereas, wet food is made up of 60% of water. Both types have their advantages and shortcomings. Dry is said to be better for dental health is it scrapes plaque from the teeth and doesn’t stick to the teeth as well. It is cost-efficient. The dry food provides more nutrition in less amount, so you only need to feed a little amount of it. It can be bought in bulk because of its longer shelf life. Dry food is easy to clean is spilled, and the odorless options make it a preferable choice. But dry food has the advantages that are owner-centric. If you ask your dog, it will always choose the wet food options because of the strong smell and better taste. Wet food, because of its water component, also replenishes the fluid requirements of the body. But Wet food is said to be harmful to oral hygiene because it tends to stick, and dogs are not big on dental hygiene. A diet with a mixture of both is possible. You must not mix both the types of food into one but feed them at different times. You can curate your dog’s diet plan in such a way that it gets both- dry and wet food benefits.
Treats or no treats
Nothing is more controversial in the pet business than feeding treats to pets. There is a lot of fuss about treats being unhealthy but also necessary. Treats have their pros and cons. Trainers believe that treats are a necessary part of training a dog because that way you can lure a dog into obeying your commands. Excess of everything is harmful. Similarly, if treats are given in excess amount they can be proven harmful for your dog. The pros of feeding treats to your dog are all training centric. Dogs are motivated by food. Treats can be used to change aggressive behavior into classic conditioning. Treats help the dogs learn the commands more quickly. Now for the cons, treats can spoil a dog. If you let your dog become habitual of the treats, it may not work without one. The addiction can lead to unwanted behaviors to demand treats. Excessive treats can lead to weight gain as they have sugary substances in them.
Vegan, Vegetarian or Non- Vegetarian Food
People are choosing veganism and vegetarianism every day because of animal cruelty and the environmental aspects of meat consumption. They try to turn their pets into vegan or vegetarian- by feeding them a meatless diet. Dogs are omnivores, so a meatless diet isn’t indigestible to them, but the only concern is the protein content. The meaty, readymade meals contain the meat of dead and diseased animals. There is absolutely no issue with a dog being vegan or vegetarian as long as the protein needs are getting fulfilled. If your dog isn’t getting an appropriate amount of protein in its diet, either add a protein supplement or add vegetarian protein to its diet. A dog named bramble, who was a vegan, lived for a record-breaking lifespan of 29 years. His diet included rice, lentils, and organic vegetables. He is proof that dogs can live on a vegetarian diet.